American League Game Summary - Houston at Texas|
(Monday, September 23rd)
Final Score: Texas 12, Houston 0
Arlington, TX (Sports Network) - Alex Rios hit for the cycle to support Derek
Holland's seventh career shutout, with the duo leading the Texas Rangers to an
easy 12-0 triumph over the Houston Astros in the opener of a three-game
Rios finished 4-for-4 with four RBI and three runs scored to lead a 14-hit
Texas onslaught, becoming the seventh Ranger to record a cycle and first since
Adrian Beltre against Minnesota on Aug. 24, 2012.
"The most important thing is that we won tonight," Rios said.
Elvis Andrus added three hits and an RBI, while Leonys Martin socked a three-
run double to help Texas snap a seven-game home losing streak and deal the
hapless Astros a 10th consecutive defeat.
The win also closed the Rangers within a game of Cleveland for the second wild
card spot in the American League.
Holland (10-9) halted a career-long eight-start winless drought by scattering
six singles and a walk while striking out nine. The lefty received plenty of
help from a lineup that battered Jordan Lyles (7-9) for seven runs and seven
hits in the Astros starter's three-inning stint.
"They took it to us," Houston manager Bo Porter said.
The loss was the 106th of the season for Houston, one shy of matching the club
record set a year ago.
Texas scored in each of the first four innings to give Holland a comfortable
early lead, with Ian Kinsler and Andrus delivering back-to-back singles to
begin the bottom of the first before Rios sent both home with a double down
the left-field line.
Kinsler extended the margin to 3-0 with a two-out double in the second that
plated Craig Gentry, who had drawn a walk against Lyles to lead off the
Rangers' portion of the frame.
Lyles got himself into even greater trouble an inning later. He issued two
more walks, the last a bases-loaded free pass to David Murphy, in front of
Martin's game-breaking double to deep center that put the Rangers up by a 7-0
Kinsler reached second on an error to open the bottom of the fourth and came
around on an Andrus single for another run, with Rios making it a 9-0 game
shortly afterward by clobbering a David Martinez changeup for his 18th homer
of the year.
The Astros, meanwhile, mounted little offense against Holland, failing to
record an extra-base hit and getting a runner to second base only once over
the course of the night. That came when Trevor Crowe and Carlos Corporan
started the third with consecutive singles before both were left stranded.
Rios completed his first career cycle by legging out a triple into the gap in
right center that brought in Andrus, who had reached on his third single of
the night. Rios soon scored on a Beltre sac fly for an 11-0 advantage, and
A.J. Pierzynski doubled later in the inning before crossing the plate on Mitch
Moreland's fly ball.
The Rangers have now won nine straight against Houston and own a 15-2
advantage in this year's series, tied for their most wins over a single
opponent in a season (Seattle, 2011) ... Holland notched his first win at
Rangers Ballpark since May 31, having gone 0-5 with a 4.53 ERA in nine starts
between home victories, and became the first Texas lefty to post double-digit
wins in three straight seasons since Kenny Rogers from 1993-95 ... Houston's
Brandon Barnes was the most recent player to hit for the cycle, doing so
against Seattle on July 19 ... Astros outfielder L.J. Hoes had a nine-game hit
streak snapped after going 0-for-4 with two strikeouts.
09/24 01:29:18 ET